Ralph Acosta

Ralph is a New Yorker who moved to Stonington, Connecticut in 2005.  He started drawing in his early teens and then taught himself to oil paint by doing portraits of family members and friends.  To make a living, he began his career as a freelance display designer in New York City.

Eventually, Ralph was introduced to the teachings of Edgar Whitney, a renowned water-colorist at the National Art League in Douglaston, NY.  “He opened my mind to the freedom, transparency and spontaneity of watercolors.”  After studying with Whitney for several years, Ralph was an instructor at the National Art League for 18 years.

Ralph has performed many demos for numerous art leagues throughout Westchester and Long Island, NY and many plein air workshops, including in Puerto Rico along with a Northeast coast painting cruise.

He is a member of Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT; Hudson Valley Art Association; National Art League, Douglaston, NY.

He won 1st Place at the Salmagundi National Member Show and The Newport Art Museum; 1st Place at Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in 2008 and 2nd Place in 2009, 3rd Place in 2010 and Best in Show 2012 and Working Artist Award (sponsored by: Del-Bach-Courtyard Gallery) in 2014. Connecticut Watercolor Society, 1st Place, 2011; M.A.C. Home juried show 2015 Watercolor Award.  His work is represented at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, CT since 2010.

Ralph conducts classes and workshops at his studio in Stonington, CT.